FiesoleLocated on a hilltop offering a very scenic view of Florence as well as just being just a 20 minute bus ride from Florence's centre
. The best view is along the climb up to the monastery of San Francesco at the crest of the higher hill on which Fiesole sits on.
Aside from heading to Fiesole for the view over Florence, make it a point to visit Fiesole's Etruscan-Roman Archeological area. While the Etruscan settlement likely dates back to the 9th-8th century BC, the first record of it in history is when it was conquered by the Romans in the 2nd century BC. The Romans must have wanted that prime hilltop location - easy to see any enemies approaching as well as being dry land away from the marshes that surrounded the Arno river.Eating out in Fiesole
There are several small bars as well as trattoria on the main square in Fiesole that offer the chance for delicious, quick meals or more relaxed peaceful enjoyment of local dishes. A few restaurants are located on the street heading up to the monastery that offer great views over Florence - these definitely offer the special setting for a romantic, special meal.Markets in Fiesole
Fiesole's main square, Piazza Mino, is the setting for an antiques market every first Sunday of the month. It is also the setting for recurring markets, so it is always likely you'll find one going on when you visit.